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August 15, 2014

OmniVision gets $1.67bn buyout proposal from Chinese investors

The company is yet to decide upon the offer.

By CBR Staff Writer

Digital image chip developer, OmniVision, has received a non-binding buy-out proposal from a group of Chinese investors led by Hua Capital Management.

The investors are willing to buy OmniVision for $29 per share, which would value the company at $1.67bn.

OmniVision develops chips for cameras and smartphones, and Apple also uses OmniVision’s chip for its iPhone.

The company is directly competing against Asian tech giants like Samsung, Himax and Sony Technologies.

OmniVision, in its blog, stated that the company’s board of directors are evaluating the proposal, but have not made any decision yet.

If the company accepts the offer, the deal will be scrutinised by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) due to security concerns.

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